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by Joseph Dumit

eBook Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (In-Formation) ePub
Author: Joseph Dumit
Language: English
ISBN: 0691113971
ISBN13: 978-0691113975
Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 4, 2004)
Pages: 280
Category: Medicine
Subcategory: Medical
Rating: 4.9
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Prince- sons, minds, and selves. Courts have treated brain scans as akin many patients diagnosed with mental illness to X-rays, that is, images produced in a sci- embrace brain scans as the means to forge a entific and therefore objective, disinterested nonstigmatized identity.

Picturing Personhood follows this remarkable and expensive technology from the laboratory into the world and back.

Picturing Personhood follows this remarkable and expensive technology from the laboratory into the world and back

Picturing Personhood is one of the few visual-culture studies freed from lame textbook generalizations and predictable criticism.

Picturing Personhood is one of the few visual-culture studies freed from lame textbook generalizations and predictable criticism. Given that brain imaging is on its way to becoming a decisive factor in the technologies of social control and selection, it is a question of political awareness to study the latest step in the conversion of human beings into visual information. -Tom Holert, Bookforum. Dumit's highly original oral history of how PET was developed and his cultural readings of how it is now being used are chock full of fascinating materials and insights.

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Johns Hopkins University. Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity. Peter Keating and Alberto Cambrosio. Biomedical Platforms: Realigning the Normal. and the Pathological in ry Medicine. bridge: MIT Press, 2003. Biomedical Platforms tells the story of changes in the classification of leukemia and. lymphomas, brought about by the use of a Fluorescein Activated Cell Sorter. FACS) that employs monoclonal antibodies for immunophenotyping.

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Identity formation, also known as individuation, is the development of the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity (known as personal continuity).

Identity formation, also known as individuation, is the development of the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity (known as personal continuity) in a particular stage of life in which individual characteristics are possessed and by which a person is recognized or known (such as the establishment of a reputation). This process defines individuals to others and themselves.

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book by Joseph Dumit. 1 person is interested in this title. By showing us the human brain at work, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are subtly-and sometimes not so subtly-transforming how we think about our minds.

Picturing personhood: Brain scans and biomedical identity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Against first nature. From the time late in the nineteenth century when experimental psychology was deliberately framed as a discipline to be modeled on the more established natural sciences, most within the field have argued that it is properly oriented exclusively toward the discovery of general laws in terms of which the mental and/or behavioral functioning of any given individual would be subject to causal.

Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2004. Department of Anthropology, Barnard College, New York, NY 10027, .

By showing us the human brain at work, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are subtly--and sometimes not so subtly--transforming how we think about our minds. Picturing Personhood follows this remarkable and expensive technology from the laboratory into the world and back. It examines how PET scans are created and how they are being called on to answer myriad questions with far-reaching implications: Is depression an observable brain disease? Are criminals insane? Do men and women think differently? Is rationality a function of the brain?

Based on interviews, media analysis, and participant observation at research labs and conferences, Joseph Dumit analyzes how assumptions designed into and read out of the experimental process reinforce specific notions about human nature. Such assumptions can enter the process at any turn, from selecting subjects and mathematical models to deciding which images to publish and how to color them. Once they leave the laboratory, PET scans shape social debates, influence courtroom outcomes, and have positive and negative consequences for people suffering mental illness. Dumit follows this complex story, demonstrating how brain scans, as scientific objects, contribute to our increasing social dependence on scientific authority.

The first book to examine the cultural ramifications of brain-imaging technology, Picturing Personhood is an unprecedented study that will influence both cultural studies and the growing field of science and technology studies.

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